The mission of the Rural Health and Safety of Eastern Iowa is to promote the health, safety and well-being of rural families and their employees in Eastern Iowa by serving as a trusted source for information, and by providing occupational health, safety and wellness services and education that encourage best health and safety practices.
The concept for our organization was originated by Roger Stutsman and Kelley Donham in 2011. For Kelley, this long sought after project follows a 40-year career as Professor of Agricultural Health and Safety at the University of Iowa, to continue work he started in other areas of the state. For Roger, the initiative was an opportunity to give to his farming community the gift of life, by helping to prevent other families from experiencing the loss of a child to a farm injury, as he and his wife Sally did in 2008.
In 2012, Rural Health and Safety of Eastern Iowa was established as a domestic nonprofit corporation with 501(c)(3) status to engage in activities that develop and provide occupational health and safety services, education, and outreach for rural families and their employees, working in collaboration with community agencies, local health care providers, and agricultural businesses.
Rural Health and Safety of Eastern Iowa primarily serves families and communities in the following counties: Cedar, Iowa, Johnson, Keokuk, Louisa, Muscatine, and Washington.
Current elected officers of the Rural Health and Safety of Eastern Iowa Board of Directors are:
- Chair: Roger Stutsman
- Vice-Chair: Kelley Donham
- Treasurer: Nyle Kauffman
- Secretary: Stephanie Leonard
Rural Health and Safety of Eastern Iowa is supported in part by community organizations and businesses with strong commitments to the health and safety of rural producers and their families.
Our activities are made possible through past and ongoing support from the following donors and partners:
- Mercy Iowa City
- Cedar County FFA
- Kelley Donham
- Eldon C Stutsman Inc.
- Farm Bureau Financial Services
- Robert D Flynn Family Trust
- Hills Bank and Trust Company
- Iowa's Center for Agricultural Safety and Health
- Johnson County Board of Supervisors
- Monsanto Company
- Stuff, Etc.
- Roger and Sally Stutsman, in memory of Michael R Stutsman
- Washington County Riverboat Foundation